Writer, director, photographer and winner of Best Emerging Artist at BFFF 2013
The inspiration for “Happy Tears” was collaborative. I was approached by the designer Julian Zigerli to work on a narrative fashion film starring Alan Cumming, who is a big fan of Julian’s clothes. It was clear we’d have to go to where Alan is, so we quickly decided to shoot in New York.
I activated all my contacts, and so did Julian, and over we went. We shot on three days between jet lags, couch-surfing and last-minute casting and location scouting. In terms of writing the story, I tried to bring a dreamlike quality to the piece. The film has gone on to online and festival success alike – an amazing experience.
Becoming the person and artist I am now.
Wasting some years ignoring my calling.
A 20-minute narrative short film called ALPHAGIRL, to be released this summer,
as well as some commercial and fashion work. www.martinmonk.net
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